There is something about the gentle wisdom in a horses eyes that can put even the most troubled mind at peace.
No matter how old, young, trained or wild a horse is, there is always something for them to teach us. Never dismiss a horses insight because in the end they are the ones that can teach us the most.
I am most definitely a victim of that. I can remember as a young rider, my younger sister had just gotten a horse and my trainer, to give me more ring experience, suggested I show him in a pleasure class. Well being the young naive bitch that I was, I dismissed this teaching opportunity and boasted and made a show of how boring and easy I thought this task was. Well… it’s safe to say we lost the class because I could have cared less and was quickly put in my place. Never again would I dismiss a horse, or say how “easy” a horse is. If you go into the ring thinking you will be able to take advantage of that situation and not put in as much effort as you would your more difficult horses, don’t be surprised with the placing that you get. Because effort shows.
You need to be there with the horse, show how great that horse is. While being in SA and having ridden so many different horses, there were clearly differences in the presence and how a horse felt under me whether I “cared” about a horse or not. A horse knows, they always know if you like them or not, and the horses I was eager to work with or excited to ride gave my more spirit and action and were quicker to have a positive ride than the horses I was not eager to work, or the horses that I thought were easy or not worth my time. You think it doesn’t show but it does.
That’s why I get so frustrated when someone says how “easy” a horse is. To me it always feels like they are dismissing the horse, making it seem less because it’s “easy.” I would prefer to say, he will give you a nice ride, or you will not struggle with him. Rather then just simply say, “oh you don’t have to put in to much effort or give him a second thought, he’s easy.”
This is not always what the person is trying to say. I know that they are trying to ease the mind of the rider but it comes across with negative connotations.